Introduction

Nightwind Treatment Centre (NWTC) includes a number of unique healing facilities designed to meet the needs of referral agents, youth, their families, and communities.  NWTC provides clear, congruent, and in-depth treatment created for youth and their families.  The vision is to have culture and spirituality as the core essence of all programming within the centres, and to combine with best practices in the treatment and healing of trauma through evidence-based practices. Over the last ten years, we have continued to enhance to services we to meet the needs of youth, families, caseworkers and the communities we serve. From humble beginnings as a small group care facility NWTC has grown to include two separate healing centres, a transition to independent living home Grandmother Turtle House for clients graduating the treatment program, and a mentor program KIHEW House for youth who are too young for independent living. As we continue to grow and learn we are continuously grateful for the guidance we have received spiritually, and remain open to the needs of our youth and all those involved in their care.  After all, youth started as our priority ten years ago and youth remain the centre of all that we do.

Guiding Principles of NWTC

NWTCs are guided by principles of holistic treatment.  The principles respect both cultural and evidence-based treatment which integrates the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the whole human being.

NWTC guiding principles for treatment are:

  • Emphasize the distinction of Indigenous beliefs and traditions;
  • Integrate evidence-based practices aligned with trauma-informed care;
  • Recognize Aboriginal healing practices and culture as important to developing self-identity and give clients the opportunity to be exposed to culture and traditional methods of treatment;
  • Effective treatment requires us to infuse cultural practices, treatment and trauma-informed care into everything we do;
  • Respect the individual healing preferences of all clients;
  • A systems approach to treatment is carried out with the understanding that a client’s support network is essential to meaningful and lasting change;
  • Teaching and modelling healthy coping strategies and building resiliency to support clients with significant issues including addiction-oriented attitudes and behaviors, and
  • The client will graduate from treatment possessing self-determinism, attitudes and skills that can be generalized to their home and community following treatment.